swva newsletter – issue 303 – 2016-Feb

Feb 2016 / Issue: 303 / SWVA Membership: 1,500

Hi all,

It’s been a little while since the last newsletter, time for a Feb addition.

Dave Reece

The 2016 Exeter Challenge


The Challenge: Can your team come out on top in a series of seventeen minute timed matches, it’s intense, competitive and enjoyable. A complete cross section of teams take part each year. As always, please book your place early, first come first severed.

Entry forms are now available for the annual Exeter Men’s Challenge (10th Apr) and the Exeter Ladies Challenge (24th Apr)  end of season events: Details and entry forms at the Exeter Challenge web site.

2016 South West Championships

The event will take place over the weekend of 7/8th May 2016 at the Kitto Centre in Plymouth and the closing date for entries is 25th March 2016. Entries received after this date will require an addition late entry fee of £20 (assuming that there are any places are available)

SW champs entry form 2016

Final Results from the 2015 South West  Championships

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Men’s Final – City of Bristol 1 vs Devizes (Results: 25:22; 25:17)

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Womens Final – Bristol Ladies 1 vs Torexe (Result: 18:25; 25:19; 20:18)

Getting to Know Bristol Bad Cats

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Volleyball in Bristol – Getting to Know Bristol Bad Cats

Bristol might be European Green Capital this year but what we want to see is for it to thrive as a healthy City for all of its residents. That often starts with getting the kids as active as possible in their early years and Bristol Bad Cats are helping with this by promoting Volleyball in Bristol. We met up with the man behind Bristol Bad Cats, Matteo Pazienza to find out more!

When was Bristol Bad Cats set up and what is it all about? 

We started about one year ago when we realised there were few chances to enjoy playing volleyball in Bristol. It is about increasing the popularity of this sport as lots of people don’t know about it, or barely know how to play. This is unbelievable for us: volleyball is one of the most played sports in the world! … And first of all is our passion. We want to spread it.

We went to secondary schools and proposed to run some sessions to let kids give it a go. Last March we also started a Sunday mini volleyball course focused on Primary school children.

Funding Available – Calling All Beach Courts

As you may remember the FIVB Go Spike Beach Activation programme is a three year funded programme through the FIVB and CEV. We are therefore delighted to offer you the opportunity to apply for funding for this summer. We are very keen to work with and fund permanent and semi permanent beach venues who are ready to actively develop schools and 16+ recreational participation.

We wish to fund as many venues as possible but if funded, the delivery expectations of the funding are quite strict therefore please read the Funding Expectations document to the right before completing the Survey Monkey questions

The survey is 19 questions long and we expected it will take around 15 minutes to complete. Please do complete the survey as fully as possible as the answers provided will be used to ascertain the benefit the funding will have to your beach court venue.

Please complete the survey by close of play on Friday 5th February.

We look forward to receiving your completed survey!
Funding / Survey

UKCC L1 & L2 courses in February

UKCC Level 1 Volleyball Coaching Course – 20th/21st Feb and 20th March – Leaf Academy, Poole Dorset

UKCC Level 2 Volleyball Coaching Course – 6th/7th Feb and 9th/10th April – Bayhouse School Sports Centre, Gosport, Hampshire

Details on both these courses, as well as how to register, can be found athttps://www.volleyballengland.org/courses

 If you would like to find out if you are applicable for any funding, to help towards the cost of either course, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards


Mark Simmons

Volleyball Relationship Manager – Dorset & Hampshire

National League: International Transfer Fee Update

The CEV have advised Volleyball England that we need to apply the International Transfer process to all Divisions in the National League, rather than just the Super 8s and Division 1 as we had previously understood.  Given that the season is already well underway, we will begin implementing the transfer process for player registrations in Divisions 2 and 3, on all Player Registrations which require an International Transfer from 1st January 2016.

Players who have already been registered prior to 1st January 2016 will not be affected this season, but you will need to bear in mind that from the 2016-17 season the International Transfers process will apply to all players requiring an International Transfer.

Should you wish to read the International Transfer Regulations they can be found herefrom page 68 onwards.  Below is a summary of the main points.

To summarise;

International Transfers affect any player whose Federation of Origin is not Volleyball England – “Federation of Origin” is the National Federation where a player is first registered. This does not necessarily have to be the same as the National Federation that matches a players Nationality. For example, a player could be Polish by Nationality, yet first registered to play Volleyball in England, so their Federation of Origin would be Volleyball England.

See the full item at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/national-league-international-transfer-fee-update

VE Coaching Web Site

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We’re waving goodbye to 2015 with the launch of our new look coaching website! There’s more content and a new coaching resources page which is full of coaching drills, ideas on tactics, how to improve players tactically as well as information on how to develop yourself as a coach. Take a look now at:


We’re building a library of drills and ideas, so there’s now a ‘contribute your content’ area where we’re asking for your videos. Any topics – whether it’s tips for getting beginners to play, how you teach movement or ways to improve serving accuracy under pressure – please get in touch.

Can you design a new kit for the SW U17 Squad?

Our SWVA U17 squad kit has come to the end of its life (after about ten years of use) can you design a new cutting edge looking for the team?


  • SWVA squads tend to play in blue & white kit but it could be different.
  • In addition to the shirt numbers, it must also include our SWVA logo(s) (logo and font details at: https://www.swva.org.uk/swva-logo ) and leave space for existing and future shirt sponsorship.
  • Need to include two Libero designs (reverse image)
  • We will give a prize to the winning designer.
  • All designs will be voted on by the Exec and the SW squad members.
  • Timescale: We need to use the shirt in April 2016.

SWVA U17 Shirt Sponsorship

Providing the required kit for our SW Squads to compete in development events and the end of season Inter Regional Championships cost £500 per team, hence we are looking for some new sponsors to help with the new kit cost. Can you or your company help, once purchased your name will appear in all photos and team reports for the life of the shirt and hence represents good value.

In exchange you can use the team photos and the latest team reports in your company publications. Your company name and logo will be added to our list of sponsors and displayed on our web site pages (at the bottom) and forwarded to all members in our SW Newsletter. A minimum of 40,000 page views per year for the life of the shirt.

Offer of sponsorship or for your kit design, please contact Dave Reece (SWVA Chairman)Dave.Reece@Network100.co.uk

VE Supports Women in Coaching

New research, from Leeds Beckett University in partnership with sports coach UK and ORD consultants, into the wellbeing of women coaches suggests that women coaches lack access to elite coaching networks, are working beyond their job requirements and that their wellbeing is being negatively impacted by low levels of physical activity.

But what is Volleyball England doing to combat this? We’ve signed up to the Reach campaign to support women in coaching, be it at grassroots or elite level. In partnership with Reach, we’re offering funding to female coaches to attend our Level 3 coaching course (full details here). As Volleyball England’s flagship coaching course, this will give women access to a national network of elite level coaches and invest confidence in women that we, the NGB, support women to reach the highest level of coaching.

At the local level, what are you or your club doing to help women get into or progress in coaching? Get in touch with us to share your story.

Thank you to Dr. Leanne Norman for permission to use the executive research summary in our newsletter.

UKCC Level 1 course – Cardiff

We have scheduled a UKCC Level 1 course in Cardiff on 12th, 13th March and 24th April.
This course may be of interest for potential coaches in your region. Please could you send the below information about this course to clubs and contacts in your region:

Volleyball England have arranged a UKCC Level 1 course in Cardiff on 12th, 13th March and 24th April, which may be of interest to you/your club.

• Course Level: UKCC Level 1
• Course Dates: 12th, 13th March and 24th April
• Course Times: 9am-5pm each day
• Cost: £190 per candidate
• Sign Up Deadline: 4pm Friday 4th March

Venue Addresses:
Day 1, day 2 (all day) and day 3 (afternoon):
National Indoor Athletics Centre
Cyncoed Campus
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cyncoed Rd
CF23 6XD

Day 3 (morning):
Russell Rees Gymnasium
Cyncoed Campus
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cyncoed Rd
CF23 6XD

You can book online here: https://www.volleyballengland.org/courses

(Course Title: National Indoor Athletics Centre, Cardiff – UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course)

For more information or for help with booking, please contact:
• Owen Lamb, Workforce Administrator
• 01509 227730

Many Thanks,

Fiona Sweetman
Workforce Officer
T: 01509 227714

SportBeat Volleyball Tournament – Gloucester


I would like to advertise the SportBeat Volleyball Tournament as part of the Music and Sports Festival.

Date: 20th & 21st August 2016

Where: Oxstalls Sports Park, Gloucester

Divisions: Mixed, Men and Ladies – 6 v 6 grass

Level: Local League, Regional League & National League

Onsite camping and parking is available

Full details regarding the tournament are on the SportBeat website:www.sportbeatfest.com / SBF16 Volleyball Entry

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards
Liz Gooding


2015 Player of the Match Awards


It’s was a busy 2014-15 season’s for the Player of The Match award, 116 players received nominations and we presented all but one of the awards at the 2015 SWVA Presentation event in Plymouth back in May.

It’s taken a little while but we have finally caught up with Jarvis Lam (Exeter University VC) for the SW Men’s Player of the Match award. Well done to everyone involved.

You can read about our other award winners at: 2015-sw-champs-news

ve academy

Volleyball England are delighted to announce the launch of the Senior Academy Prospectus 2015-16. The continued partnership with Higher Education partners has enabled talented athletes to continue their development within the England talent pathway as well as provide a base for which England Senior programmes have been launched

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The 2015-16 Senior Academy prospectus provides detailed information for aspiring Volleyball athletes as they continue to develop as athletes alongside their academic studies.

The November national squad camp will include the ‘Senior Academy Fair’ where all Senior Academies will be attending to allow athletes the opportunity to speak directly to staff and athletes from each Senior Academy and gather as much information to help make informed decisions when completing UCAS applications
For more information on the Senior Academy Programme and to view the 2015/16 Prospectus click: Senior Academy Programme

Part of the Chain


Videos have been sent in from around the world with players, fans and newcomers to volleyball showing the FIVB how they have kept the ball flying around the world.

Film yourself bumping, setting and spiking between now and January 4, 2016 in the most creative ways possible. Receive the ball and bump it back off camera and we will include the best and most original videos in one spectacular clip highlighting an epic journey around the world.

Have a look at some of the stars of the Italian league getting involved and send yours to press@fivb.org or to the FIVB’s Facebook page.


February 2016